Crown of Slaves (Honorverse: Wages of Sin #1)
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"He's perfect! Just the kind of stiff-upper-lip Manticoran nobleman who will be _damned_, Sir! if he'll let a bunch of lousy slavers and pirates hold the Star Kingdom to ransom"
and then it occurred to me that when you come down to it, Honor herself kind of is one of those stiff-upper-lip etc. She's not utterly humorless, but let's just say her first name isn't Comedy either ...more
The story starts with a mission by Anton Zilwicki, one of the Manticore's super spy, to the Erewhon star system, looking at to fix the shattered relationship caused by the idiot High Ridge government. He is accompanied by her daughter Berry, and the spy-i ...more
I found Ruth a bit too talented - sure I can believe in teenage hackers and political nerds, but being able to analyze the plot right after she was shot at and her bodyguards killed sounds a bit too much, especially since we are told that she has a volatile character (compare that to her volatile aunt ...more
Fans of Weber's Honor Harrington series know that one of its more intriguing aspects is the "Honorverse," the historical, political and astrophysical foundation upon which he builds his plots. They will be delighted with this offshoot in which he and coauthor Flint (1633) develop several situations and characters from other stories. Due to the incompetence of Queen Elizabeth's current government, the alliance between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and Erewhon is on the ver
I just couldn't get into this one. It didn't help that, although the first book in a subseries, I learned you really needed to have read some earlier short stories in a couple of anthology books to have the background. There's a lot of talking going on to try and fill in what happened earlie ...more
Unfortunately, he loses a bit of traction in the ending, at least for me. To begin with, the title becomes distressingly literal, which disappointed me. Also, after the midpoint action bit, Flint seems to get bored with the (admittedly large number of) extra ...more
This duology that Weber wrote with Eric Flint not only introduces characters and a whole side set of political agendas, but people who are just sticking to the main Honor Harrington series can get a little lost. As I was listening t ...more
Victor's book add laughter to the Honorverse but such writing need's to be kept short to really be enjoyed.Most of the novel is a drag to read with forced humor and nothing exciting happening. I did enjoy the last 150 pages when actually something meaningful does happ ...more
As far as the story told in this book, it is enjoyable and worth a read if you are interested in more of the details of the anti-Manpower Inc. operations that are hinted at or summarize in other books. On the other hand, if you just want the short ...more
There are some interesting characters. The examination of ...more
This book is AWFUL. I forced myself to read the first 10 chapters just in the hopes that it would eventually stop being solid back-to-back butler-maid dialogue, but alas, it wasn't to be.
I mean, literally, every scene consists of two people telling each other things they should both already know so the reader can get the exposition. (Also the backstory from the previous ...more
Multiple articulated segments valiantly strive to give shape to this story. At times they move in joint cooperation and at others, they do not. This coauthored book is the first in what is being labeled the "Honorverse" series. It is said that it will launch an exciting new telling that... I'm sure you get the idea, or at least the idea that the publishers and Weber might wish you to have. The story appears simple at the surface. We encounter issues of slavery, the incessant pursuit of power, il ...more
Honor Harrington makes a guest appearance but that's all. Victor Cachat has a prominent role. Cathy Montaigne, Anton Zilwicki, Jeremy X, Kevin Usher, and Queen Elizabeth of Manticore are minor characters.
Eric Flint adds his own distinctive touch to the novel, more light-hearted and breezy, than Weber's usual imprint.
All the way through reading the book, I kept thinking that Weber and Flint can do much better than this. While the characters are engaging, the plot is lackluster. There’s a lot of interesting material here, but it just doesn’t feel like the high adventure it’s supposed to be. The ...more
About 1/3 of the way through I was noticing all of these great things and I thought "Hmm, I ...more
Much more of a spy/thriller kind of story than a space battle or political kind of story, and that's a good thing.
There's also one key thing: Flint can actually write romance and not have it be weird. Which is great, since there's one in here that I'd been very excited for. (Disclaimer: I'm weird like that.) (view s ...more
His characters tend to be a little one-dimensional and over the top, but again that adds to the enjoyment. It would probably be most enjoyable for someone who is familiar with the Weber universe, just so you can understand the nuances of what's goin ...more
I find the Honorverse fascinating, but Honor Harrington less so. I seem more drawn to the side stories that are more politics and intrigue. This book is no exception. I found it hard to put down.
It is an interesting mixture of politics, espionage, and adventure story. Characters cross the stage from various portions of Weber's vision, adding depth and complications. Nothing is quite as it seems, and some interesting loose ends remain. Good fun. ...more
I read the Baen free ebook downloaded from: http://www.webscript ...more
Brings some very minor characters into a major role in this new series expanding upon their abilities on behalf of Manticore in repulsing a kidnapping leading to a coronation after the revolution. New, very unexpected allies come together in a good cause while some very happy assassinations take place...well, happy for me anyway!
Sets up a future scenario for the Solarian League and Manpower to, hopefully, take some nasty falls!
Having said that, however, I did enjoy it and the story moved right along. I had some trouble keeping all the conspirators and their changing allegiances straight, but it wasn't boring.
Interesting to see how this will fit into the larger Honor Harrington series.
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more
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"Don't be silly," Berry scolded. "It's just your first lovers' spat. You accused of him of being an inhuman fiend, and he got a little miffed. No big deal.”
‘Don’t disagree,’ Oversteegen replied immediately. ‘Indeed they are. Providin’, however, that the one breakin’ the rules is willin’ t’ pay the price for it, and the price gets charged in full. Which you were, Lady Catharine. I saluted you for it then–at the family dinner table that night, in fact. My mother was infinitely more indisposed thereafter; tottered back t’ her bed cursin’ me for an ingrate. My father was none too pleased either. I salute you for it, again. Otherwise, breakin’ rules becomes the province of brats instead of heroes. Fastest way I can think t’ turn serious political affairs int’ a playpen. A civilized society needs a conscience, and conscience can’t be developed without martyrs—real ones—against which a nation can measure its crimes and sins.”